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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (original 2009; edition 2012)

by Jonas Jonasson

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Title:The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Authors:Jonas Jonasson
Info:Hyperion (2012), Edition: Original, Paperback, 400 pages
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Tags:Fiction, world history, humor, Sweden

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (2009)

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funny but at times too wordy ( )
  HendrikSteyaert | Jan 24, 2015 |
During the 2014 D Day celebrations, the news story that most people were talking about was that of an 89 year old pensioner who had gone missing from his retirement home only to show up in Normandy to partake in the events. Thankfully he didn't get into any trouble or go on any sort of murder spree.

I bring him up because his escapade is very similar to the opening chapter of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Allan Karlsson decides he's had enough of living in his retirement home and decides to make a break for it, minutes before the start of this hundredth birthday celebration.

But Allan can't just go on his own. He decides to swipe the suitcase of a local criminal. That is the first and least heinous of Allan's crimes. Along the way he picks up a few likeminded compatriots Ñ all of whom share in Allan's new found fortune and uncanny knack for violent crime.

Now if this book took place solely in the present, with Allan as a centenarian, I would be singing its praises. It doesn't. Instead it gets bogged down in Allan's remarkable backstory, one in which Allan ends up meeting everyone important from each big event of the twentieth century. Allan's backstory is LONG, improbable, and boring as all get out. It's clearly padding for a story that would have otherwise been a delightfully Edward Gorey-esque novella. ( )
  pussreboots | Jan 20, 2015 |
A rollicking good tale. I thoroughly enjoyed this well written piece of literature with good characterization, laugh out loud interaction, and just a fun read about a very endearing, unpretentious 100 year old man. No message, no suspense, no mystery, just a good, fun story to enjoy. ( )
  kmmt48 | Jan 7, 2015 |
An enjoyable, if slightly silly romp, all written in a deadpan style. There are lots of funny moments in it, all written in a matter of fact way, which makes them even funnier. Not a book that will appeal to everyone, but I found it fun ( )
  PIER50 | Jan 7, 2015 |
This is a wonderful book that I reckon would make a great movie. The story begins with Allan Karlsson escaping from the old age home in order to skip his 100th birthday party. The old man climbs out the window and begins an amazing adventure that finds him on the run from the police and a bunch of bad guys. This charismatic man picks up a bunch of interesting friends along the way. There seems to be no end to the outrageous chain of events.

The story also includes the very interesting and unusual history of Allan's life. This goes a long way to explaining the personality of the old man.

Overall this is a very enjoyable story. It had me laughing out loud a few times, and very amused most of the time. I enjoyed every page. ( )
  Roro8 | Jan 6, 2015 |
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Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny, the novel quickly develops into a romp that takes in all the major events of the 20th century. . . the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.
added by mysterymax | editThe Guardian, Jane Housham (Jul 24, 2012)
Stalin synger svenske drikkeviser, og Truman blir dritings .Forrest Gump som hundreåring i ny bok.
ANMELDELSE: Han redder general Franco, riktignok etter først å ha plassert en bombe for å drepe ham. Han avverger et attentat mot Churchill, og gir Oppenheimer den endelige løsningen på formelen for atombomben.

Det rene soap altså. Samtidig er det — på sin høyst skakke og fantasifulle måte — en fantastisk reise gjennom forrige århundre.

Jonas Jonassen er intelligent, vittig og systemkritisk, der han harver over alt fra fjollete politifolk, rasehygienikere og despoters ideologiske paranoia. I en bok som gir håp om at alle har en fremtid, også hundreåringer.
added by annek49 | editDagbladet, Cathrine Krøger (Jan 18, 2011)

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"Things are what they are, and whatever will be will be."
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Den här boken är till honom.
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You might think he could have made up his mind earlier, and been man enough to tell the others of his decision. But Allan Karlsson had never been given to pondering things too long.
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- Mon fils, méfie-toi des prêtres, et des gens qui ne boivent pas d'alcool. Les pires de tous sont les prêtres qui ne boivent pas d'alcool.
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Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.… (more)

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